Ogier leads in Turkey post-SS4

Sebastien Ogier heads fellow Citroen runner Dani Sordo by 2.1 seconds following the first four stages of the Rally of Turkey.
Sebastien Ogier has taken the early lead on the Rally of Turkey this morning, the fourth round in the 2010 World Rally Championship.

Ogier was only sixth quickest in the opening test, but went second in the next to haul himself up to fourth overall. He then grabbed the lead in SS3, when he was fastest, before finishing the first loop with the second best time in SS4. He eventually went into service A at Pendik with a 2.1 second lead.

Dani Sordo is next up, and while he didn't managed to post a quickest time, the Spaniard was close to the pace in every single stage, posting one second quickest time, two thirds and a fourth.

Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile leads the Ford charge, and while he had been top after leading the way in SS2, he slipped back in SS3 and SS4, eventually finishing up third, 3 seconds off the lead and 0.9 seconds off P2.

"It was a good morning with no problems for me or the car," Hirvonen said. "It's hard to find a rhythm because the roads can be very fast, but suddenly there is a crest and on the other side they become tight and twisty. The stages aren't cleaning much but they're rocky and Pirelli's tyres are doing a great job.

"The speeds are so high that when you hit a rock you almost expect the impact to puncture a tyre, but that's not happened. The roads are soft in places and it will be even rockier this afternoon."

Petter Solberg lies fourth and despite setting the pace in SS1 and SS4 is 4.4 seconds adrift of Hirvonen – and only 0.4 seconds up on Sebastien Loeb, who rounds out the top five, and who of course is running first on the road.

Further down the order, Jari-Matti Latvala is sixth and having hit a bank in the final test this morning he was relieved not to have picked up a puncture.

"The first two stages were fine but I wasn't happy with my driving on the last two," said Latvala. "Just after the start of the last test the car slid wide and hit a rock embedded in a bank. I thought the impact had punctured a tyre, but it was just a damaged wheel rim.

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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team

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